Each summer students at JWJ are given assignments that should be completed during the summer break and turned in when they arrive back at school for their next year. These assignments are intended to help students in several ways. First, they help students achieve their reading goals for the year. Second, they give the students an introduction to the kind of material and assignments they will experience in their new classes. Third, they keep students engaged in learning and scholarship throughout the year. These assignments are not burdensome - they will not have a heavy time commitment or interfere with summer activities unless the student waits until the week before school to start them.
Additionally, students are encouraged to log the additional books they read over the summer. JWJ has a goal that each student reads and documents 3,750 pages during the months of June through May. Our storied and traditional celebration called READERS' BEACH is held at the end of May for those who meet the goal. Please use the JWJ READING DOCUMENTATION forms to start logging your pages.
Typically, there are assignments for both Language Arts and Social Studies. Each asks the student to read and book and complete a series of activities intended to engage the student to think critically about the text. While many questions are directly about the book, others will ask the student to consider their own opinions, make connections to the text, or analyze the author's intentions. At JWJ we feel these questions prepare our students to be outstanding writers throughout their academic career. In addition to Language Arts and Social Studies, other courses may also have summer assignments. For example, a Math refresher or practice activity may be posted to help the student retain skills learned over the past year.
The summer assignments are designed for "rising" grade levels. If a student has just finished 5th grade and will be arriving at JWJ as a 6th grader, he or she is considered a "rising" 6th grader and should click the 6th grade summer info link. Likewise, if a student has just completed 6th grade, they are considered a "rising" 7th grader and should click the 7th grade link. All files are in PDF format.